East Lothian's John Gilmour Butchers launch online shop - with Christmas delivery options

The long standing East Lothian business is now online, and taking order for Christmas.

Published 3rd Dec 2020
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

John Gilmour Butchers was set up just after WW2, in 1946, when William Gilmour returned from flying with the RAF.

William and his brother John joined the business which had been owned by Bob Greig - a master butcher who used to own a small abattoir down the lane from the old shop, which had been a butchers shop for over 100 years prior.

Daniel Gilmour, who runs the butchers with his brother Simon, explains how the business has moved with the times, saying: "We have come a long way as a business since then and now operate from our ECC approved factory based in East Lothian, just a few miles from our original shop in Prestonpans.

"Often referred to as the “garden of Scotland” due to the rich arable farming land that makes up the county, it also has some of the best cattle producing farms in the world, that we often buy from.

"We are now a third-generation family business, using the skills and experience built up over almost 70 years of trading. We still have the passion to supply our customers with amazing British meat."

For those unable to travel to the butchers, or locals who are self isolating, the family-business has recently launched an online shop with deliveries UK wide.

Speaking of this venture, Daniel added: "We are now offering our restaurant-quality produce to the general, via home deliveries.

"All of our beef is sourced from within the UK. No ifs, no buts, its grass-fed and UK bred beef. It would be madness to buy it from anywhere else when we have the best herd on the planet. It is predominantly from Scottish farms."

The online shop is currently taking orders for Christmas food delivery, including whole Lammermuir organic turkeys, hampers for up eight people and smaller items such as turkey escallopes.

To find out more and order, visit the John Gilmour Butchers web shop here.

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